(In no particular order)
Creek Park, Dinsmore
(9.5 mi total - moderate to occasional strenuous)
Located in Boone County, Northern Kentucky.
An area of Pleistocene glaciation (more),
with thick forest, hills, and overlooks in Middle Creek Park, plus
the Dinsmore homestead and woods offering much the same across the
County Cliffs Cliffs are about 2 miles away.
Creek SP Backpacking Trail
(14 mi around southern tip of lake)
Located off I-71 N, near Waynesville
Looking for a challenge?
Unless it's changed, this one has everything...poorly marked trails,
unmapped forks, rickety bridges and stream crossings. If you like
adventure, this one might fit the bill. Note: To complete the loop,
cross back over on Rt. 73
Located about 35 miles away, Southeast of Dayton
(11 mi of trails)
Dayton has a great series of parks, with well marked trails and lots
of scenery. Although Twin Creek MP is closer, this one is better.
Offers hiking in forest, field and creekside.
University Natural Areas
(15 mi of trails)
Located just east of Oxford
The trails at Hueston Woods don't do much for me. I like these trails
much better. Trails that connect several preserves together extend
to the northeast from Oxford. One connects to the Art Museum!
(2 - 5 hours)
OK, I know this isn't really a hike. But if you're up for spending
an incredibly interesting 2-5 hours outside in the second largest
cemetery in the US, go for this one. Stop at the office when you enter
to get the Historical Walking Tour map and the jogging routes map.
Trust me on this one.
(all within 80 miles)
- Glen Helen, Clifton Gorge, John Bryan
- Rentschler Forest Preserve, OH
- Fort Hill State Memorial, OH
- Englewood Metro Park, OH
- Adair Wildlife Management Area, KY
- Sycamore State Park, OH
- Versailles State Park, KY
- Big Bone Lick State Park, KY
- East Fork Lake State Park, OH
- Highland Cemetery Nature Trails
- Brown County State Park, IN
- Eastwood Metro Park, OH
- All Edge of Appalachia Preserves
- French Park, OH
- Taylorsville Metro Park, OH
- Glenwood Gardens HCP, OH
- Shawnee Lookout Trails, OH
- Caldwell Nature Preserve, OH
- Twin Creek Metro Park, OH
- Hueston Woods State Park, OH
- Gilmore Ponds Reserve, OH
- Mt. Airy Forest "e" Trail, OH
- Sharon Woods HCP Gorge Trail, OH
your trail suggestions!
And GO !!
hike South of Dayton:
Reserve and Nature Center
hike is about 5.5 miles. You can add another couple miles by hiking nearby
Glen Thompson Reserve.
Narrows is located near Beavercreek; about 50 miles from Cincinnati. It
is an easy trail along the Little Miami, with some challenging, but short,
elevation changes. Great fossils can be found in the washed out areas
that cross the trail. Also, birdwatching is fabulous. I was shown a ruby
throated warbler on a recent trip.
at the Nature Center (which is excellent) and grab a map. From there you
can hike upriver, with several smaller loops connecting.
river can overflow the low lying areas easily, so take some waterproof
boots (or some old gym shoes that you can tie to the back of your pack
to dry). Tree crossings over flooded areas will probably be necessary
to complete all the trails. As a friend once told me, "tree crossings
require two things, bravery and balance."
excellent hike, near Madison, Indiana
Falls State Park
hike can be up to about 10 miles in length. Combine this hike with the
tour of Madison, and you have a great day!
place is the furthest away of all my "local" hikes (about
80 miles), but it's worth the drive.
What makes this hike special is the opportunity to "wade"
a creek for multiple miles. Trail 2 is the rocky bed of Clifty Creek.
Take waterproof boots, river sandals, water shoes or an old pair of
gym shoes for the wet part of the hike. You can tie them to the back
of your pack to dry.
The hike to the creek is steep, and you should consider this hike moderately
strenuous. All of the trails are well marked, and it can become pretty
crowded at times.
If you like the idea of a pretty tough hike, plus walking up a fossil
laden creek, then this hike is for you!
HERE'S A HIKE EAST OF CINCINNATI
Great Seal State Park
Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
I had heard
so much about the 1/4 mile straight uphill that I had to try it (Trail
The outdoor drama "Tecumsah" plays at the base of the this mountain
inside Great Seal State Park near Chillicothe. I doubt even he could make
it up this trail without stopping to rest.
I'm not sure if switchbacks hadn't been invented when this trail was made,
or if they chose to make this hike extra aerobic, but it is definitely
near straight up the side to the top.
In the fall and winter, the views from the top are great. The hike up
is quite worth the drive. There are several other spots in the park that
offer great hiking as well, most of which have lots of elevation changes
within a thick deciduous forest.
HERE'S A HIKE SOUTH OF CINCINNATI
Doe Run Lake
Kenton County, KY
This is a great hike for
those looking for somewhat of a challenge. The challenge park comes in
when trying to hike around the west edge of the lake.
Here the trail is spotty at best, and at one point found myself in the
middle of a stingy nettle field. Not pleasant.
The key is to stay next to the lake. Yes, there is a small path that borders
the lake around the west edge
Give this hike a try, and you'll gain a great sense of accomplishment
when you complete it.